Craig School New Jersey

HS Week Of February 1, 2021



Dear Parents and Guardians,

The new year has begun, and we know you are navigating this semester in the context of COVID-19. We know you are balancing so much, and we hope you will take some time to let us know how we’re doing and how COVID-19 has affected your experience as a part of our school community.

Please complete a short survey by February 19th, 2021 to help us understand your experience right now.

The survey, hosted on the website of the National Association of Independent Schools, will only take about 5 minutes to complete. Your responses will help us improve the way we deliver programming and communicate with our community.

Thank you for your partnership and ongoing support of our school community.


Go Badgers!

Dr. Kara A. Loftin

Head of School


Virtual Grad Panel 2021-Navigating the College Landscape 

Last week, we held our annual grad panel.  Over 40 parents and students joined us for this inspirational and enlightening event that was led by our Director of College Counseling and Placement, Mrs. Dawn DeSimone.  This years guest panelists included:

  • Mihir Jacinto, Class of 2018.  Mihir attends Pace University in NYC ( and studies Information Technology.  

He is a member of the Cyber Security Club and former secretary of Pace Computing Society.


  • Victoria McHugh, Class of 2019.  Victoria is currently attending Centenary University in Hacketstown and is taking Equine Studies. Prior to CU, she took some classes at County College of Morris (CCM).  

She currently works part-time for a day care supporting students with their remote learning. 


  • Maya Wicki, Class of 2020.  Maya is currently attending the Clarkson School Program at Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY 

She is undecided at this point but is planning on transferring next year to study elementary education.  She is an active member of the Clarkson U Ski Club.   



Our grads shared their insights into navigating the college landscape ranging from sharing how they chose their current school, the challenges of college and the resources available to students with learning disabilities.  Here are a few of the golden nuggets of knowledge that they imparted during the panel: 

  • Always use the supports and accommodations you have available, and self-advocate for those you need.  The staff at the colleges are very accommodating, but they need to know what would help you to be a success!
  • It is fine to change your school/major.  Both Maya and Victoria intended to stay at their first choice - and didn't.  They needed the time to see what the first choice had to offer, and saw that they would be better served elsewhere.  50% of all college students will change their college or their major.
  • Make time to network and get to know people, in class, in a club, or in your dorm.   A personal connection can be of value if you have a question, need a favor, or just don't want to eat alone.  You may be doing the same thing for them, too.
  • Use your 'voice' and ask questions.  You may be the only one asking, but most likely, several other students in the class have the same question, but are just too afraid to ask.  No one will learn that way!



Thank you to everyone who submitted a Badger Design. We have wonderful artists in The Craig School Community. We will update you on plans moving forward!


From the High School Art Studio

Wishing Branch-Accumulating Goodwill 2021

Inspired by the wishing trees art installations created by Yoko Ono (yes, that Yoko Ono), Mrs. T’s art classes turned their studies of texture into a “Yarn Bombed” Wishing Branch. The branch follows the essence of the original Wishing Trees by inspiring our students and teachers to leave a message of hope and good will for the Craig Community.  There are Wishing Tree installations all over the world including NY, Washington, San Francisco, Tokyo, Venice, Paris, London, and now there is one in Montville!  



From the High School Sports Desk

Basketball League Update

With Coach Norton back in action, we are ready to officially start up our Badger Intramural League play this week. We have after school practice this Tuesday (Feb 2nd) from 3-4:30PM and will have a scrimmage during the school day this Weds (Feb 3rd).  


Bowling League Update 

Our Intramural Bowling League started up last week.  We are 9 members strong this year.  Week one was all about working out the bowling rust and establishing our bowling handicap numbers so we can set up our weekly bowling matchups.  Afterschool League play will start up this Wednesday (Feb 3rd) at Boonton Lanes (3-4:30PM). 



High School Reminders

Craig School Continues Collecting “Box Tops for Education”

Just a reminder to keep cutting out those little “pink and blue squares” that say BOX TOP FOR EDUCATION on so many of the products we use on a regular basis. Each box top brings in 10 cents so they do add up quickly.  Our goal is to top the $500 mark which we set last year.  For our non-scissor/high tech people, you also have the option of downloading the BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION APP ( and then scanning in your shopping receipts.  The app will pick up on any box top items and turn that into cash for Craig! Our deadline for our next payout is March 1st so that gives us 5 weeks to bring in some box top bucks for Craig!  



Giving at Craig

For more information on ways of giving to Craig, please contact Katie Burke, Director of Development, at 973-334-1234 or make a donation online by clicking here.


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